Panduit named preferred vendor for U.S. Air Force

November 16, 2006 -- The company has been engaged by the U.S. Air Force in the First 400 Feet program, a military network infrastructure upgrade project.

November 16, 2006 -- Network infrastructure systems provider Panduit announced that it has been named as a preferred vendor for U.S. Air Force and its network cabling needs. Through this designation, Panduit (www.panduit.com) is engaged in the First 400 Feet program, a military network infrastructure upgrade project.

According to a press release, the program requires complete physical layer reconstruction of the network to comply with the Air Force's growing needs. Upgrades will support voice, video and data connectivity enhancements for Unclassified, U.S. Secret and Coalition Secret networks.

Working in partnership with Anixter, a distributor of communication products and electrical wire and cable, Panduit is providing high performance copper cabling systems to Air Force facilities throughout the Pacific Rim region. In the region, the Air Force commands about 45,000 military and civilian personnel at facilities in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Diego Garcia, Japan and South Korea.

"Partnering with Panduit was paramount to successful and timely deployment of this project," remarks Kevin Reed, government sales manager for Anixter (www.anixter.com). "Panduit's expertise in the government sector, its ability to service large global clients and extensive technology capabilities, truly differentiated them from the competition."

"Panduit solutions will enable the technology enhancements required by the U.S. Air Force," concludes Ron Partridge, vice president of global sales and marketing for Panduit. "We look forward to demonstrating our value and expertise on this project, and many others into the future."

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